Career Planning & Internships

Allied Health students are highly encouraged to volunteer or conduct internships in the areas they plan on pursuing.

Volunteering & Internships

It is highly recommended for students to gain volunteer experience relating to their career path. Some graduate programs require clinical volunteer work in preparation for their program. This type of experience is invaluable for all students to gain exposure to various work environments and identify the most suitable career. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer at hospitals, clinics, and public health organizations in the bay area. 
 

On-campus volunteer opportunities:

Peer Advocacy Towards Campus Health

Peer Health Exchange For involvement at SMC, email: [email protected]

Lasallian Service Internship

 

Off-campus volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer East Bay

Hospice

International Volunteer Opportunities

 

Career Planning

To choose a career path, review the graduate degree options below and discuss these options with your academic advisor to decide on the best direction. Take advantage of the many resources on campus including the Career and Professional Development Services, which can connect you with the alumni database.

 

Graduate Degrees Options for Science Majors (no organic chemistry requirement)

 

Physical Therapy

Degree: Masters of Science, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Exam: GRE

Websites: www.apta.org, http://www.ptcas.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy and physiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry

C.  Math: statistics

D.  Physics: general physics

E.  Psychology: psychology, social/behavioral psychology

F.  Experience: ~150 hours of clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy clinics.

 

Occupational Therapy

Degree: Masters of Science, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Exam: GRE

Websites: www.aota.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology

B.  Math: statistics

C.  Psychology:  psychology, abnormal psychology (Psych 148), developmental psychology

D.  Sociology: introductory sociology

 

Nurse Practitioner

Degree: Bachelors of Nursing for Registered Nurse, Masters in Nursing for Nurse Practitioner

Exam: GRE

Association: www.aacn.nche.edu www.aanp.org

Recommended Programs: Masters Entry Programs in Nursing http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/direct-entry-msn/

Prerequisites (vary by program):

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry

C.  Math: statistics

D.  Psychology: introductory psychology

E.  Sociology: introductory sociology

F.  Kinesiology: nutrition

G.  Communication: oral communication (Com 2, 112)

 

Registered Nurse

Degree: Bachelors of Nursing for Registered Nurse

Association: http://www.anacalifornia.org/

Test: Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Prerequisites (vary by program):

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology

B. Chemistry: general chemistry

C.  Math: statistics

D.  Psychology: human development

E.  Kinesiology: nutrition

F. Communicaiton: oral comm (Com 2, 112)

 

Chiropractic Medicine

Degree: Doctor of Chiropractic

Exam: GRE

Website: www.chiros.org

Prerequisites: Science: 24 semester credits of science, with half of those credits with corresponding labs

 

Health Administration

Degree: Masters in Health Administration

Exam: GRE

Website: www.aupha.org

Prerequisites: statistics

 

Public Health

Degree: Masters in Public Health, Doctor of Public Health

Exam: GRE

GPA: ≥3.0

Association: www.aspph.org, http://www.sophas.org/

Prerequisites: 1-2 years of community health/laboratory/health research experience

 

Phlebotomy

Certification: Phlebotomist

Website: http://www.kpsahs.org/

 

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Certification: Paramedic

Exam: California Emergency Medical Services Authority Exam

Website: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/occguides/Detail.aspx?Soccode=292041&geography=0601000000

 

Graduate degrees for Science Majors (organic chemistry required)

 

Physician Assistant
Degree: Masters of Physician Assistant

Exam: MCAT or GRE

Websites: www.paeaonline.org https://portal.caspaonline.org/ www.apap.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology

B.  Chemistry:  general chemistry, org chemistry (1 sem)

C.  Sciences:  24 semester hours 

D.  Math: calculus and statistics

E.  Physics: general physics

F.  Experience: One year of healthcare experience through the following (not an exhaustive list):

Medical assistant

Emergency medical technician

Peace Corps volunteer

Lab assistant/phlebotomist

Registered Nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant

Emergency room technician

Surgical tech

 

Genetic Counseling

Degree: Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling

Exam: GRE

Website: www.nsgc.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology: biology, genetics

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry (2 semesters), biochemistry

 

Nutrition

Degree: Registered Dietician, Masters in Nutrition, Doctorate of Philosophy in Nutrition

Exam: GRE

GPA: ≥3.0

Association: www.nutrition.org

Prerequisites (vary by program):

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics

B.  Chemistry:  general chemistry, organic chemistry (2 semesters), biochemistry

C.  Math: Statistics

D.  Physics: general physics

 

Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography

Certification: Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Sonographer

Website: http://www.kpsahs.org/

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry

C.  English: english

D.  Physics: general physics

E. Math: calculus, statistics

F. Communication: oral communication (Com 2), computers and information technology (Com 125)

G. Other: Medical Terminology

 

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technology

Certification: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist

Exam: California Department of Health Clinical Laboratory Technologist Exam

Website: http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/occguide/mdclinlb.pdf 

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, two UD biology courses

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry (2 semesters)

C. Physics: introductory physics

E. Math: calculus, statistics

D. Training: 12 months in laboratory listed by California Association for Medical Laboratory Technology